OBITUARY

Marian Strickland Morton

July 2, 1935January 2, 2021
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Ms. Marian Morton, a legend in the Charlotte area real estate community, passed away peacefully after a long illness. A long-time resident of Charlotte, Marian was born in Corinth, Mississippi, the daughter of Paul Tate Strickland and Mary Lou Francis McCarley Strickland.

Raised in Liberty, NC, Marian graduated from Liberty High School class of 1953 where she was president of her senior class, captain of the cheerleading squad and voted Best All Around by her classmates. After high school, Marian attended Kings Business College before working in Washington DC for the United States Navy Special Projects Office, which developed their Submarine Launched Ballistic Missiles (SLBM) program. She held a top secret clearance and reported to the Chief Civilian Engineer.

Later living in Salisbury, NC as a young mother, Marian became involved with what is now The ARC of North Carolina, an organization that advocates, protects and promotes the rights of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This was a cause near and dear to Marian’s heart and she was very proud of the work she did on early legislation to establish the educational rights of children with disabilities.

Marian became a licensed real estate agent in 1976 while living in Pearisburg, Virginia and permanently relocated to Charlotte in 1978. Through her indomitable will and tenacity, she rose to the pinnacle of the Charlotte real estate community, achieved numerous top producer awards, and was in the top 3% of agents nationwide.

She treasured each of the many families she served, with some becoming close friends whose children and grandchildren she assisted with home purchases. She was known and respected throughout her industry for her integrity, professionalism, knowledge and grit.

Although Marian was very proud of her professional accomplishments, her truest joy was her family to whom she was completely devoted. Nothing made her happier than attending her grandchildren's dance recitals, sports games, and band concerts. Her favorite vacation spot was Holden Beach and she loved to spend early mornings watching the sunrise over the ocean with a hot cup of coffee, and afternoons watching her family enjoy time on the beach.

Marian was a lifelong learner and passionate reader of world and American history and loved to discuss how events shaped the course of humanity. Later in life, she discovered a passion for square dancing, gardening, and bird watching. She found particular joy watching her backyard bluebirds and looked forward with excitement to their return each season.

Marian was a beloved member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, and especially enjoyed her lively Wednesday book group friendships.

Marian was predeceased by her parents and siblings Jeanne (2000), Corinne (2010), and George (2014.) She is survived by her children, Rachel Miller (Bob) of Baltimore, MD, Melissa Morton of Charlotte, NC, and Elizabeth Banks (Eric) also of Charlotte, NC. Marian was the proud grandmother of Mary Elizabeth, John, and Caroline and great-grandmother to Gohan. She is also survived by Lady, her beloved Cavalier King Charles spaniel.

Due to COVID restrictions, a private family committal service will be held at Trinity Presbyterian Church. A public celebration of her life will be held at a date to be determined.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of Novant Health Cancer Institute and Hospice and Palliative Care of the Charlotte Region.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The ARC of North Carolina (arcnc.org)

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Becky Choate

January 12, 2021

My sincere condolences to you and your family, Elizabeth. Your mother was a joy to be with and inspiration to all. Her dedication to the rights of children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities will long be remembered.
Becky Choate

John McClave

January 12, 2021

I have known Marian for over 40 years and have had the pleasure to have worked with her in many real estate transactions. She was a top agent in more ways than sales, her personality was contagious and her business touch was so professional you could always count on what she said and commitments made. My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family as they celebrate her life. May the many memories bring peace to our hearts.
John McClave

Richard Bovard

January 10, 2021

I have wonderful memories of serving with Marian on the board of directors of Nevins Center. She was a tremendous advocate for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. My condolences to her family and friends.

Shelli Knapp

January 6, 2021

My sweet friend, not only did we share the same birthday, but we shared many memories of your fun times spent with my mom (Carole Knapp). I am sure she was at the golden gates welcoming you with open arms. I’ll never forget your kindness and friendship. My thoughts and prayers go out to your daughters, family & friends.

Jill Hazel

January 6, 2021

As a new agent, I always looked up to Marian and was surprised and delighted when she asked me to share several of her listings. She gave me many good pointers, but most important, she was a good friend.

DeeDee Riley

January 5, 2021

Marian...... one of the classiest ladies I’ve had the privilege to know and spend time with. We roomed together for a week in Vegas during a Prudential convention. She was so beautiful inside and out and lit up a room with her smile. She loved to talk about her family and by the end of the week I felt like I knew them all. I was saddened to see that she passed . So young at heart. She will be truly missed. Love and prayers for your family.

Melissa Barnette Hutchinson

January 5, 2021

I worked for Marian during high school and college, and can say every day was an adventure in the best possible way. Marian’s smile and laughter was contagious, and I learned so very much from her. She was a wonderful first boss and always a true friend. Love to her family.

Gloria DeLone

January 5, 2021

Marian was always a delight to be with and I am so thankful I had the opportunity to connect with her.

My prayers for peace and comfort are with your family.

Gloria DeLone

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